Kansas City July 2016 Evolving Magazine

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July 2016 ~ Vol.VII1, Issue 5

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A Guide for Conscious Living

Finding Your Joy When You Feel Lost Is What You’re Eating Making You Sick? 10 Reasons for Celebrating You EVOLVING…IN KANSAS CITY


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Publisher’s Letter... Dear Friend:

I watched a video recently of my three-year-old grandson, Andrew, wildly and unabashedly dancing— head pumping up and down, eyes closed, pure joy on his face. To me, when we can release fear, worry, or self -consciousness about what others might think and just let go, that is joy expressed, the theme for this issue. As I’ve gotten older, I catch myself watching closely, making sure I don’t get “out of control.” I’ve tried to be more calm, more responsible, not be silly…in public at least. And I’m sorry for my misconceived idea that to be grown up means to let go of the joy children so naturally express. When I was younger, play time was creative. I made up songs, drew in the dirt with a stick, built a fort out of a sheet and used creativity in a myriad of other ways to feel and express joy. And while I try to act proper in public, in private I still experience joy through creative expression. While gardening, ‘hooping, and yes even dancing like my grandson, I find myself completely immersed in the moment and out of my “responsible” head for just a bit. And I feel the pure joy that is expressed by living authentically. This past year I’ve stepped even farther outside my box and found the joy of travel, adventure and meeting new people while discovering their cultures. I’ve found my most alive self on these trips. And although fearful at times, I am alternately high from these life-altering moments. My wish is that we can all be like children and express shameless joy publicly—no matter what others think—and relish in our innate freedom to cherish these moments. What better way to express joyful living than through conscious-living events? This special issue has a center pullout section, a Summer/Fall Events, to save and reference. Inside the Summer/Fall Events Guide is the program for the upcoming Evolving Magazine Conscious Living Festival on July 24 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. The day is filled with holistic health and wellness vendors, hourly workshops, and live entertainment on the patio outdoors. It’s sure to be a Joy-filled day. I hope you’ll join us.


Finding Your Joy When You Feel Lost 10

10 Reasons for Celebrating You 11

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Inviting my inner child to come out and play with paint is a fun way to return to a natural creative state and it feels joyful and liberating! For more art and information about Pam, please visit pamelahawkins.com.

EVOLVING© 2016 all rights reserved. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. The articles in EVOLVING are not meant to represent any form of medical or psychiatric care. No portion of the publication may be reproduced without express written permission from the publisher.


Finding Happiness All Around You and in the Palms of Your Hands


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Slowing the Epidemic of Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Physical Disorders Do you feel like physical illness, depression, anxiety, or addiction have hijacked your life? Mental and emotional disorders impact every part of society— and disrupt life for even the most spiritually devout, intelligent, and respected people. Unfortunately, many who suffer from these devastating disorders seek healing through costly, and sometimes harmful, counseling and medications—measures which may bring temporary relief, but do not fully correct the underlying problem. In Silent Takeover: How the Body Hijacks the Mind, Jacquelyn Sheppard exposes the vital, connection between your body, mind, and spirit—and gives you practical tools to:  Understand the connection between your mind and body and discover root causes for such illnesses as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other physical and mental illnesses.  Identify the life cycles of each disorder —prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood—so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.  Gain practical “know-how” to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation. Don’t allow your past determine your future! Released in June from Destiny

Attend the Subtle Energies, Consciousness & Healing Conference held in the retreat-like atmosphere of Unity Village, MO, September 21 – 24

Image Publishers, Silent Takeover delivers ancient wisdom, accessible science, simple nutrition, and life experience while providing a clear blueprint to help you pioneer a new life pathway. Purchase at Barnes and Noble, BooksA-Million, or Amazon. Follow Jacquelyn’s blog at www.JacquelynSheppard.com and “Jacquelyn Sheppard, Author” on Facebook. Available for speaking engagements via Jackie@JacquelynSheppard.com, Jacquelyn Sheppard has a fifty-year background in research and practice in learning, behavior, mental, emotional, addictive, and physical health. She was a pioneer in linking the metabolism of the body to mental and emotional problems—watch for her book on how metabolism affects learning and behavior (ADD/ADHD/autism, OCD, etc.) to be released next year. A health and education counselor, Jacquelyn and her husband, Glenn, a minister and international speaker, live in Kansas City on a ten-acre farm where they raise sheep and goats. She is the founder of a private high school, a former journalist and photographer, and the cofounder of International Prayer Ministries. Her extensive research, experience, and concepts concerning the body and the brain have enabled many to live better lives.

Wednesday: Paul Mills, Research Director of the Chopra Institute, will Keynote the Science Research Symposium. Thursday: C. Norman Shealy, Founder of the National Institute of Holistic Medicine presents Realistic Longevity – Scientific Approaches for living a long and healthy life and Jack Stucki explores Our Awakening as Pan-dimensional Beings. Thursday Evening: Stephanie Bland and the Unity Village Chapel Band inspire us with songs and music. Friday Morning: Sharon Wesch presents The Radiant Heart – Healing the Heart, Healing the Soul and, based on his latest book, renowned physicist Claude Swanson discusses Life Force – The Scientific Basis. Friday Evening: Author and educator, Barbara Marx Hubbard speaks about Evolutionary Spirituality. Saturday Morning begins with a presentation by Christine Bair based on The Heart Field (a reality often described by mystics) followed by Marilyn Schlitz,

Ph.D, social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. Marilyn recently wrote and produced a feature film (Death Makes Life Possible) with Deepak Chopra on the topic of death and dying. Marilyn will be speaking about her newest project, Transformative Aging. Saturday Afternoon: Keynotes will lead a panel/audience discussion followed by a closing ceremony. Get a Program Brochure at https://view.publitas.com/p222665/2016-planner-nov-issue/page/1

“Owners Manual for The Mind” Released Patrick Andries, national speaker, teacher and author, is pleased to announce the release of his second book, “Owners Manual for The Mind.” This book shares new insights on how to master your mind, allowing you to tap into your full potential. This comprehensive guidebook describes how the mind works. It teaches you the secrets to a meaningful life, and comes complete with a trouble-shooting guide for challenging issues. Get ready to learn how to:  Communicate with your inner self and a higher power  Interpret your dreams  Develop and use your intuition  Understand your past lives  Create what you desire in your life



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Author Andries exposes the myth of multitasking, the root causes of Attention Deficit Disorder, and the role genetic memory plays in your life. He offers a step-by-step process to change your reality, overcome habits and limitations, and deal with difficult people. Some studies once suggested that we use only 10% of the capacity of our minds. Today that estimate has been revised to about 23% of the power that lies within. Imagine what more can be done with all of that as yet unrealized potential. Read this book and uncover what is standing in your way and move into a more full realization of who you are! Patrick Andries, pandries@aol.com, or www.ozarkmt.com.

Wisdom Within

Ways You Can Create Joy


he morning after my son’s wedding, I arose at dawn to walk in the woods. I wound my way deep into the forest, loving the beauty as the sun rose. Critters scattered here and there, and birds sang their music. The colors were more rich and the trees more majestic. How my heart burst with joy and gratitude. I thanked the universe for this magical time. The rising sun beckoned me home to finish preparations for the day-after wedding breakfast. An open house was planned with as many as l00 guests. They came in waves, not too crowded. I was calm. My good friend helped. We welcomed new friends and old to enjoy our time together. And I wonder why happiness and joy is so elusive. Some days, happiness and joy are abundant and gratitude fills our hearts. Yet, some days, worry and fear replace it. Is there a payoff? Maybe being “unhappy” gets more attention? Maybe a bad mood is a comfort zone? Makes me think of Abe Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” It’s a fact we feel happier when our needs are met. Wikipedia summarizes Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” (very condensed here): Survival: air, water, and food, clothing and shelter. Personal security including financial security and health and well-being. Love and belonging: friendships, family, and acceptance within social circles. Esteem for us all is the need to feel respected and own self-respect. Selfactualization is included, for example, the need to be a good parent or boss. Self-transcendence involves creating goals outside oneself in altruism and spirituality. Our publisher, Jill Dutton, is a prime example of this. It feels to me that self-love, selfesteem, and self-value open the gateways to happiness and joy. In talking with a good friend, we discussed how esteem and self-value and self-worth seem to ebb and flow. Indeed, some days we feel good


about ourselves, and other days, the inner critic goes haywire with noise. Author of the book, Upward Spiral, Alex Korb, writes it is important to be “sappy” such as loving your pup or cat or hugging a lot. Optimism is a building block of joy. I know many optimistic folks, and I hear and see many pessimistic folks who I try to cheer up with a warm greeting and a smile. Love and support from loved ones makes us happy. Yesterday, my sister helped me watch the grandkids. We created a fun-filled day with activities, outside fun, and good food. It helps us all to feel “in charge” of our lives. We need meaningful work. Many enjoy volunteering their time to worthy causes. It helps to find “balance” of quiet time, our exercise time, and good sleep. Relationships tend to prosper by talking and sharing and caring and listening and supporting one another. It has been proven that couples do not remember why they “fight” but how they were feeling during the disagreement both before and after. Last, if you are reading this on the internet, it is reported that long periods on the internet lowers life satisfaction. Maybe it’s time to log off and go outside to breathe deep and enjoy the sun or moon or stars?

“It feels to me that self-love, selfesteem, and selfvalue open the gateways to happiness and joy.”

Suzette Scholtes’ nonfiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the region’s prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. www.theyogastudio.com news@theyogastudio.com 913 492-9594.



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True Love of Yourself


“It's not your job to like me...it's notice the negative thoughts and MINE!” commentary. Essentially you are saying, — Byron Katie “I hear you.” DO NOT try to shut down negative thinking. What you resist he path to loving me is one I persists. have only started on recently. Curiosity and Choice: get curious and After living most of my life where ask yourself questions such as, “Is this the all my attention, focus and most loving way to approach myself?” energy were directed outward, I decided “Could I approach myself in a more loving to try another way of being. My view of way?” loving myself has evolved over the last The answer to these questions is two or so years through trial and error always YES. Choose a and by helping others on different, more loving their journey. perspective or thought. Back A break-up facilitated to the example, after getting and cleared my path to curious, you could choose to self-love. Let me be more see feeling sad as a message to specific…the break-up of yourself and begin to a torturous, eight-year, investigate that. These steps emotional roller coaster, may not happen all at once. In on and off relationship. fact, I would encourage you to When I finally decided to stay with observing your walk away, I knew thoughts especially those something had to change. Image licensed by Ingram Images about your feelings. Make Initially, I equated selfnotes for a few days, maybe love with self-care. They even set an alarm on your phone to check are related, but my view was simplistic in with yourself. Review the notes to see and attached to “treating” myself. Selfpatterns. care is a choice that grows out of or as a Most of us live with a vicious inner result of loving oneself. You cannot critic or judge. The problem is this incorporate or truly implement self-care perspective can keep us stuck and living without knowing, accepting, and loving small. It is time to start replacing that yourself first. This can look like acknowledging that you exist, you have a voice with a more compassionate one. The amazing thing about this work is that purpose and a voice, you are important, when you are able to approach yourself and that the only things you can control more lovingly, the more you can approach in this life is you, your choices, your other people and situations in your life behavior, etc. Self-care behaviors and choices can be this same way. By changing your inner perspective, your external reality will set up and selected to support this more loving framework. For me, I believed that automatically shift to a more positive place. if I treated myself to enough good meals and spa days that I was taking care of Annalisa Gramlich is an myself. Over time, I have found that it is less about our actions and more about our education research psychologist, licensed internal dialogue with ourselves. I can have a wonderful day planned at the most professional counselor, and expensive spa in town, but if my thoughts registered yoga teacher. She offers counseling, life are negative, critical, and judgmental, and professional coaching, then the day at the spa will not be and movement therapy enjoyed. using yoga practices. Her philosophy is holistic Listen: bringing awareness to your and she believes it is important to examine thoughts and your running commentary each part of life because everything is is the first step. For example: You are feeling sad about an old relationship. You connected when it concerns mental, emotional, begin to judge and criticize yourself, “I and physical suffering and pain. Annalisa feels should be over this by now, ”“Why can’t I truly grateful to be doing this work and let this go?” Take a moment here, take a believes her purpose in this life is to assist deep breath, and observe the critic. others on their journeys to self-discovery and Acknowledge: acknowledge your healing. You can reach her via e-mail at thoughts—even the bad ones. Once you amgramlich@yahoo.com or by phone at are in observer mode you can gently 816.916.9642




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Food Gloria’s Food

Food First

Biotic Woman


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Bottling living tea is an ancient art perfected by one passionate master brewer




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isa Bledsoe is a Scoby Master. The busy wife and mother is the epitome of an entrepreneur dedicated to mastering the art of blending an organic, probiotic beverage known as kombucha. “It all began as a hobby then spilled over into business called Tea-Biotics Artisan Kombucha,” she says. Intrigued by the process which begins with the scoby or starter composed of a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, the infusion is combined with black tea, a bit of organic sugar, filtered water and fresh juice. The entire concoction ferments in 30 days or so. The results become kombucha, a healthy, effervescent brew that most people find delightful with the first swig. Tea-Biotics passion is to brew locally the best raw kombucha on the market. Bledsoe’s mission is straightforward, “Our unique culture of bacteria and yeast gives our kombucha a flavor profile unlike any other. Flavors vary from traditional to unconventional; it is our mission to create raw kombucha that is defined by its complexity as well as its deliciousness that aids in good health. We are passionate about organic ingredients, sustainability, the environment, and our community! We strive to make our planet a better place to live through positive health and living consciousness.” Her ‘laboratory’ is a 2,000 squarefoot facility based in Lenexa where stainless steel tanks ferment with Bledsoe’s healthy potion. She’s learned to be patient where, over the next month, the tea will ripen and flavors will be added. Bledsoe produces 2,000 gallons of kombucha per month with exciting and often unexpected flavors from Root Beer, Peach, and Blueberry, to Key Lime and Lavender. Since she’s a regular vendor at the weekly Overland Park Farmer’s market,

“A tasting is what most people who are unfamiliar with kombucha want first. Many flavors are seasonal and there are always new profiles to try,” says Bledsoe who loves to watch the expression on a customer’s face as she hands an ounce or two of the refreshingly fizzy tea. Momentary skepticism by some instantly turns to thumbs-up followed by a request for an icy cup or bottle of the tea. “Not only is it a digestive aid but kombucha is a perfect alternative for people looking to promote an alkaline environment in the body,” she adds. According to Bledsoe, the list below touting kombucha’s attributes is enough to turn most people into regular sippers.  Aids digestion and weight loss  Boosts energy  Decreases anxiety and depression, increases mental clarity  Cleansing and detoxifying Along with the help of Bledsoe’s husband, Ed, her daughter Alexis and partners, Sally Stokesberry, and Mallory Price , the busy Scoby Master is in high gear, marketing her kombucha in a variety of retail establishments including: Whole Foods markets, The Brew Gallery and Bulk-It to name a few. At $3 for 16 ounces, Tea-Biotics Kombucha is quite a bargain. Stop by the Overland Park Farmer’s Market and say hi and ask for a swig! Tea-Biotics.com Kansas City writer, producer, and photo stylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media. Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was on KCUR's Food Critics radio program. Want to know where to find the best tastes in town? ggale@everestkc.net





ere’s a delicious bread option 1 cup diced butternut squash or for people who are looking to carrot eat low-carb and gluten-free. 1 cup golden flax seeds, ground in It’s never failed to please our coffee grinder or high-speed blender bread-loving guests. Plus, no one will 3/4 cup or one handful dried fruit, or ever know they’re eating vegetables. pitted olives, chopped into 1/4 - 1/2-inch I like the diversity Brazil nuts bring pieces (optional) to the diet. Most people, if they eat many Blend water, brazil nuts, oil and nuts at all, eat almonds, cashews and veggies in high-speed blender until roasted peanuts. Roasting causes the fats smooth. Pour mixture into mixing bowl. to go rancid in short Add ground flaxseed order, so I consider a bit at a time, roasted nuts, stirring until a dough including peanuts, a -like consistency is treat unless you roast reached. Stir in dried them and eat them fruit or olives if right away. Nuts are a desired. perfect balance of Spread dough protein, complex onto a Teflex carbohydrates and dehydrator sheet or healthy fat. They are silicone baking mat. rich in the Spread evenly to the monounsaturated fat edges using a Image licensed by Ingram Images oleic acid which spatula. promotes healthy cholesterol, blood Dehydrate at 145°F for 4 hours, then sugar and insulin levels. Brazil nuts are at 115°F for 9 hours. Flip the bread after no exception. Nuts are an excellent 4 to 7 hours. Alternately, bake on the source of minerals. Brazil Nuts contain warm setting of your oven for 8 hours high levels of the mineral selenium, flipping halfway through. Because the essential for thyroid health, as well as temperature of the warm setting can copper, magnesium and manganese. vary from oven to oven, check progress Minerals are required to clean up frequency. This bread should be firm, yet oxidative stress, produce energy and moist. Cut into 12 to 16 pieces. make neurotransmitters. This may be Refrigerate unused portion and warm at the reason so many people feel better 145°F for 15 - 30 minutes in a dehydrator when they switch from mineral-depleted or toast lightly before serving. fast and processed foods, to eating mineral-rich, whole unrefined foods. Almonds work well instead of Brazil Bethany Klug, DO nuts in this recipe. Simply soak them for created HealthSpan out 8 hours and drain before using. of a deep wish: for I like to spread the dough with a everyone to experience rubber spatula, then smooth the surface vibrant health. We go and edges with an offset spatula, beyond the conventional available where baking supplies are sold. pill-for-an-ill approach to Coconut oil melts at 76°F. Simply place educate and inspire you the jar in warm water to melt it. so you can successfully make positive steps toward greater health and wellbeing. Gluten-Free Low-Carb HealthSpan, the holistic medicine practice of Dr. Bethany Klug, is offering some excellent Flatbread classes this summer to help you reduce your 1 3/4 cups water toxic load and add some quick, easy and 1 cup raw Brazil nuts delicious dishes to you weekly repertoire. 1/4 cup olive or melted coconut oil Learn more at www.HealthSpanKC.com or 913-642-1900.


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Holistic Health

Is What You’re Eating Making You Sick?



used to have a chronic runny nose, coughing, regulation can lead to the food sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, burning eyes and fatigue. Thinking lethargy, malaise, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel it was allergies to something like dust or grass syndrome, headaches, asthma, arthritis and many other or trees, I just took Benadryl, but didn’t get potential problems. much relief. Then a holistic physician did a blood test on There is testing available to assess the intestinal me and found out I had food sensitivities. Avoiding barrier lining, food sensitivities, dysbiosis (intestinal dairy, sugar and wheat has changed my imbalances) and neurotransmitters. To find the life; I rarely have symptoms unless I eat many pieces of the puzzle, food sensitivity these foods more that just occasionally.” testing with intestinal barrier assessment may This is a typical story of a person be the place to start. Food sensitivities are with food sensitivities and may be the different from food allergies. tip of the iceberg of other internal Typical food allergies cause an immediate problems with the digestion system. response, such as hives, swelling of the throat These intestinal abnormalities can affect and lungs with serious shortness of breath and many systems of the body. The even lead to a life threatening situation. These intestinal defense system is food allergies are caused by the response of the continuously under attack from chronic immune system cells called immunoglobulin E stressors including: emotional issues, (IgE) and need immediate medical attention Image licensed by Ingram Images stress, infections (bacterial, viral, yeast), and treatment. These are the type of allergies toxins (exogenous, endogenous), lifestyle, poor diet and that conventional allergy physicians diagnose with skin medications. Immune responses by the body to these testing and treat by strict avoidance long term. stressors can cause a breakdown of the intestinal lining Food sensitivities, also known as food intolerances, or leaky gut. This leaky gut is also known as intestinal are very different and caused by the response of the barrier distress and causes an ongoing cycle of immune system cells called immunoglobulin G (IgG) and inflammation. This inflammation up-regulates the have a more delayed response; the reaction can be varied inflammatory cytokines which affects the nervous from a few minutes or as long as 24 to 36 hours. The system, immune and endocrine systems. This uptesting for IgG responses is done by alternative

laboratories with blood samples and not usually recognized by conventional allergy physicians. These delayed reactions can manifest symptoms as mentioned above and many more. A few more symptoms include: gas and bloating, joint pain, ear infections, attention deficit disorder, memory loss, mental fogginess, bed wetting, migraines, bladder infections, fluid retention, canker sores, nausea, eczema and psoriasis. Blood and fecal testing helps identify the degree and type of dysbiosis, quantifies IgG food sensitivities and effectively guides treatment options. Food elimination nutritional programs based on this testing can reduce symptoms and increase positive outcomes in people by more than 25% over people utilizing elimination diets alone. Food sensitivity testing is a good place to start in a comprehensive health evaluation with holistic principles as a guide. I invite you to start on your path to optimal health. Nancy Russell, M.D., is a holistic Internal medicine physician, blending traditional and alternative medicine in her Kansas City northland practice for over 30 years. For more information on getting to know Dr. Russell, visit her website, www.nancyrussellmd.com or call her office at Nurturing Optimal Wellness at 816-453-5545.

Journey to Wholeness

Love Wins: Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law


t is certain that times are ‘a changin’, especially the attitudes in this country towards gay marriage. When one of the first legal cases for gay marriage was made in 1970, about seventy percent thought gay marriage was ‘always wrong’ and only ten percent thought it was ‘not wrong at all.’ The latest Pew Survey tells us that fifty-eight percent favor gay marriage and thirty-seven percent oppose it. Looking at age groups today, eighty-one percent of millenials (1829) support gay marriage. The numbers go down as we look at older age groups. However, even those numbers have changed favorably. We just celebrated the one-year anniversary, June 26, 2015, of the Supreme Court’s decision-making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. This, for me, and many others, is a cause for great joy. My partner and I celebrated by marrying each other in late June feted by over ninety of our friends and family. It has made me think of my personal forty-year journey as a gay person and, more profoundly, the long public legal journey for many gay and lesbian couples. Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey chronicles one of the most moving stories in Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA. The love story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer is rare and


beautiful. They first met in the early 60’s, had an off and on relationship until 1967 when Edie proposed to Thea giving her a diamond brooch. This was to be a forty-year engagement. They began their relationship at a time when being gay or lesbian was not recognized or affirmed socially or legally. Edie was a mostly self-taught computer program genius working in the early stages of computer development. Thea became a Clinical Psychologist and saw patients in their apartment in New York. About ten years after they began their life together Thea began having symptoms, later diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis. Over the next thirty years she became more physically debilitated, eventually becoming a quadriplegic. Edie retired in 1974 and spent a lot of her time taking care of Thea, who continued to see patients. They had a sign on their refrigerator that said, “Don’t Postpone Joy” and they lived that motto. They loved dancing and continued to do so even when Thea was confined to a wheelchair. As Thea’s health was deteriorating, they knew they wanted to be married. With great difficulty and much planning they traveled to Toronto to be married. The presiding judge said, “You have come to know and love each other, you have found joy and meaning together, and you have chosen to live



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your lives together.” Their love had finally been socially and legally affirmed! Two years later in April of 2009, Thea died peacefully. It was then that Edie’s legal and financial problems began as she was hit with a huge estate tax, which made a financial hardship for her. It was at this time that Roberta Kaplan, an attorney and her firm, took the case to represent Edie. Through many courts battles, strategizing with persistence, on June 26, 2013, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional. Married gay couples now had protection and recognition under federal law. This was the next stepping-stone to the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the multiple cases in which gay and Lesbian Americans argued that the U.S. Constitution guaranteed them a right to marriage. On June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage was declared legal nationwide. Change comes through courage and determination and in the case of Thea and Edie, through great love and indomitable joy. Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple Therapy call 913-322-5622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com.

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JULY 7, 14, & 21 INTRODUCTION TO TAROT with Lisa Rush Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Spectrum: a new age shop, 7827 N. Oark, KCMO www.spectrumreiki.com

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JULY 9 SPECTRUM DAY 10-5 Intuitive readings by Patricia Sneed & Christy Stuckey Reiki Sessions with Melinda Shields or Will Hosteter And Henna: Mehndi by Mindy Spectrum Day Special pricing on selected items. Spectrum: a new age shop, 7827 N. Oark, KCMO www.spectrumreiki.com

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Come learn Holy Fire Reiki! Karen Harrison, Ed.S. Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist ICRT Licensed Reiki Master Teacher Usui/Holy Fire Reiki, Karuna 816-523-4440 www.KarenHarrison.net Kansas City, MO 64114

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JULY 19 PAINTING FOR THE FULL MOON with Heather Collingsworth $30 includes supplies. Spectrum: a new age shop, 7 p.m. 7827 N. Oak, KCMO www.spectrumreiki.com


JULY 24 EVOLVING MAGAZINE CONSCIOUS LIVING FESTIVAL Live entertainment throughout the day, holistic health and wellness vendors, hourly workshops. See Festival Guide in center of this magazine. Unity Temple on the Plaza, 1-7 p.m.

AUGUST 19-21 RENEW WOMEN'S WELLNESS & YOGA RETREAT Pleasanton, KS. Includes lodging, all meals, daily yoga. Transformative workshops included: exploratory writing, feng shui, hypnotherapy and more! www.lifestylebenefitsl lc.com/renew-retreat


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Conscious Living Festival Program July2016 2016

Educational Workshops 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Connecting with Your Guides 4:30-5:30 p.m. In this class you will learn about your U-Nite on the Plaza energy system and how it works with our Experience the Energy of Healing Join us in Temple Space for a special spiritual “team” to receive intuitive Experiential workshop to feel/see the ‘interspiritual’ service led by Unity guidance. energy that healers use to perform Minister Nhien Dougherty and Creative Christi Clemons Hoffman energy healing sessions. Director/Conscious Musician Victor Myrtle Filmore Chapel Vivian Faulkner Kellmann Dougherty. Founded in January 2016, UCharles Filmore Chapel Nite is a diverse & growing inter-spiritual Stress Management Made Easy community of dedicated Truth seekers Stress comes to us every day from many Finding Your Positive Brain who gather every Sunday 4:30-5:30pm sources. In this workshop we will identify The ‘negativity effect’ can hijack our in the spirit of unity and oneness. Child a few of the most common sources of brains unless conscious effort and care and youth-ed program offered. stress and discuss the long term impact practice is used to create new neural Rev. Nhien Dougherty it can have on our lives. Then we will pathways. Learn practical ways to turn Temple Space discuss practical stress-busting negative thoughts and actions into techniques. positive ones. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Heather Moll, LMT Jude LaClaire, PhD., LCPC Temple Space Classroom D Slideshow on Why and How BodyTalk Works 3:30-4:15 p.m. Get Your Life Back: 90 Day Challenge Teaching Cortices, which is something Find the causes for stress. For those who everyone can do to help reset their are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Our Malcontent Bodies bodies for stress, allergies, etc. Dr. Salas Wellness Lifestyle Center Discover what hormone disruptors are Debbie Leafblad Heritage Room hiding in your foods and personal care Charles Filmore Chapel products. The Keys to Remembering and Mary Hunzinger Seeing the God Wink and Affirmation Interpreting Your Dreams Charles Filmore Chapel Signs Around You Based on 40 years of research on the Are you always finding pennies, feathers, subject. Plant Chromatics: The Role of Plants seeing the same number and wondering Aneta Baranek in Our Evolving World what they mean? We will explore Myrtle Filmore Chapel Plant chromatics is the study of plant valuable tools for your spiritual self-care, chakra medicine that is coming to us via and tuning in to your own spiritual the Akashic Record. It sets the tone for 2:30-3:15 p.m. helpers, sprit animals, guides, and how we change the world through our angels. collective consciousness. Sharing the Wisdom of Angels Tammy Barton Kahla Wheeler-Rowan Join CJ Martes, Angel Expert sharing her Classroom D Classroom D extraordinary visits with 13 Seraphim Angels & what they’ve taught her over What We Focus on Grows Presenting the 10-Day Celebrity 20years about how to live a happier life! Consider the possibility of focusing on Transformation CJ Martes our True Essence—Unconditional Love The fastest “get healthy” program on the Charles Filmore Chapel and Infinite Potential—and to expand our market. The only do day anabolic cleanse experience of that in our lives and in our using pure and premium dense, organic, Lead Your Life with Purpose world. The Art of Ascension offers non-gmo superfoods, feeding the body What if all of the things we struggle with simple, reliable tools to do that. every two hours. This covers the body as a society: unhappiness, depression, Jyoti Ishaya from hydration to sleep. addictions, inability to lose weight, poor Heritage Room Bryan Rew relationship or job choices…were simply Heritage Room a result of where the energy flows in our Workshop of the Mind brains? Come learn techniques to shift Participants will discover and practice a Reappearance of the World Teacher the energy and change your life! technique for positive visualization. Part Presentation about Maitreya and the Perri Eckel meditation, part self-hypnosis, where we Masters of Wisdom, Transmission Classroom D learn how to visualize the reality we Mediation—a combination of Karma Yoga want in our lives. (yoga of service) and Laya Yoga (yoga of Mindfulness for Mental Health Tom Tortorich energy or chakras). This workshop is an introduction to using Myrtle Filmore Chapel Ken Gates mindfulness of the body (body scan), Myrtle Filmore Chapel mindfulness of the breath, and mindfulness of movement (yoga) to help children/adults reduce stress, alleviate depression and find focus. Dr. Tracy L. Daniel Heritage Room

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Heather Thornton


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David Hakan


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Chris Foster


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Victor James Dougherty

Julie Boye Socially Conscious Singer & DJ

Throughout the day: Spoken word performances by Dawn Downey and Paul Goldman Paul Goldman Ecstatic Poet & Spoken Word Artist www.ecstaticpoet.com

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Mindful Child Wellness LLC Dr. Tracy L. Daniel, psychologist www.mindulchildwellness.com Natural Way Chiropractic Posture analysis and nervous system scan. www.natralwaywellness.net NORML KC Education on medical cannabis www.normlkc.org Organic Meal Prep www.organicmealprep.com Positive Enabler Life Coach, “Goal Coach” www.positiveenabler.com PrairieWise Herbal School Kahla Wheeler-Rowan www.prairiewise.com Purium Health Products www.mypurium.com/bryanmidwest

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AUGUST 21 ESSENTIAL OILS 101 What they are, how to use them, and why they are effective!Taught by Lisa McCluer and Sakeena Abdul Haqq at The Wellness Collaborative at 4044 Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 3- 4:30 pm Please RSVP to Lisa at mccluer.lisa@gmail.com or text to 913-220-6057.

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SEPTEMBER 17-18 USUI/HOLY FIRE REIKI I & II Learn energy healing skills for yourself and others. Intro to essential oils incl. 9am – 6:30pm, $380 with early deposit. CEs for nurses, massage therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers. Karen Harrison, ICRT Licensed Reiki Master, Leawood, KS. 816-5234440. karen@karenharrison. net www.karenharrison.net.


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SEPTEMBER 18 SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS A TOXIN-FREE HOME Taught by Lisa McCluer and Sakeena Abdul Haqq at The Wellness Collaborative at 4044 Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. 3-4:30 pm Please RSVP to Lisa at mccluer.lisa@gmail.com or text to 913-220-6057.

2016 Summer/Fall Events Guide

SEPTEMBER 21-24 SUBTLE ENERGIES, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND HEALING CONFERENCE Attend the 24th annual Subtle Energies, Consciousness, and Healing Conference At Unity Village, MO:, 2016. Theme: HEART-2-HEART. Information at issseem.org

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OCTOBER 8-10 USUI/HOLY FIRE ADVANCED REIKI TRAINING/REIKI MASTER Learn the Master symbol and the new Holy Fire material. Work with crystals. Strengthen your healing energy and be able to teach Reiki. 9am-6:30pm. $975 with early deposit. CEs for nurses, massage therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers. ICRT Licensed Reiki Master, Leawood, KS. 816-523-4440. karen@karenharrison.net www. karenharrison.net


OCTOBER 21-23 PRS PSYCHIC FAIR Howard Johnson Plaza, KC. 1601 N. Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120. www.prskc.org for more information. OCTOBER 23 YOUNG LIVING MAKE AND TAKE Make 3 - 5 non-toxic, greatsmelling products for yourself and your home! 3-4:30 p.m. Taught by Lisa McCluer and Sakeena Abdul Haqq at The Wellness Collaborative at 4044 Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 Cost: $15 Class size limited. Please RSVP to Lisa at mccluer.lisa@gmail.com or text to 913-220-6057.

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Finding Happiness All Around You and in the Palms of Your Hands BY CINDY MCKEAN

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ave you ever found yourself in a situation where your life has dramatically changed? Whether the changes are due to internal or external circumstances, you may be able to find comfort in the fact that each change is an adaptation to the circumstances around you and each adaptation is an evolution towards the ability to find greater joy in your life. Uncertainty about the future is often a source of anxiety for many people. By simply having an idea of what to expect next, we can find confidence and strength to move forward. What dictates the level of joy you can experience depends on how you react to your surroundings. Your reaction might not be typical or expected, but you can definitely get a very bighead start just by looking at the sky above you or into the palm of your hands! Palms are read as a reflection of the human figure and are seen as a microcosm within the complexities of the cosmos (astrology), as the macrocosm.

Although astrology and palmistry have roots from the same source, they both provide much different information that can help you find, create, and maintain joy. In astrology, [the study of the celestial bodies and how they affect you and the affairs of the natural world], we are “geotagged” by the cosmos when we are born. The snapshot of the sky at the time you are born is what becomes your Natal Chart. It is your unique astrological signature. When an astrologer reads your chart, he or she will be able to discern your character, patterns and themes in your life, areas where you'll have difficulties, and behaviors that come naturally to you. Even though you may be inclined towards certain things, how you express those inclinations are a matter of free will. For example, you may have astrological indications of someone who would be prone to distractions. With that inclination, you can become a person who never gets anything done which could be a

“Palms are read as a reflection of the human figure and are seen as a microcosm within the complexities of the cosmos (astrology), as the macrocosm. ”

constant source of frustration, or you can react to distractions differently allowing them to guide you towards being a superb multitasker allowing you to gain a sense of fulfillment. Despite being geo-tagged, just as the planets in the sky change positions, you too will find shifts of being. This is the process of evolving. We find a way to adapt in accordance to our surroundings, often striving towards happiness with our evolution. In palmistry, [the study of the lines and markings on your palms], you can get an indication of what to expect in the future based on your current state. Even though your fingerprints never change, everything else, such as the lines and markings, can and often does change. Think of it as being similar to a blood test. A specific lab result today doesn't mean that it will be that way the rest of your life. Your dominant hand (the hand you use more often) indicates what you have made of your life while your recessive hand indicates the life you were meant to live. You will be amazed at how your hands compare to each other. If they're both the same, you're living the life you're meant to live. If you see that one is very different from the other, you will be able to take a look back at your life and


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remember when and how you took control of your path. Being armed with that knowledge is extremely empowering! While reaching your destination is a beautiful reward, your journey on the way there is full of blessings. A little bit of knowledge to guide you towards your personal happiness can make everything much more bearable. Your renewed perspective of what you have accomplished so far will provide you with plenty of motivation, and ultimately, joy. Sometimes all you need to do is look up for guidance and remember that your fate is in your hands!

Cindy Mckean has been practicing Astrology, Tarot, Palmistry, and Dowsing for over 22 years. Though a scientist at heart, she felt there was more to life than what empirical evidence suggests. Thus began her journey into esoteric studies. Cindy offers private readings and classes in Astrology, Tarot, and Palmistry. She can be reached through her website www.KansasCityAstrology.com or by calling (816) 895-2545


Finding Your Joy When You Feel Lost BY DIANE SODDERS

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woke up Thanksgiving Day wanting to die. I pondered suicide but didn’t want the memory of my death to haunt those I still had left on that day. I knew all too well what that was like. November 18, Dad. May 7, Aunt. September 12, Mom. April 8, Sister. Grandma in February. Sister in March. Cousin in October. Friend in September. Then there were birthdays and holidays. Most of my family is gone. I have a couple of siblings, some nieces and nephews. There is my husband and his family, too. But all of my joys, my traditions, my reasons for feeling connected and happy in this world, were gone. I was so lost. So why, on this day, the day after Thanksgiving, was I so desperate? Because the night before, my best friend, Tina, had died of cancer. She was the fourth person close to me who had died in a matter of 18 months. I was done. I was done losing those I loved. I wanted to be with them. I could not take another day of not being able to speak to them, to confide in them, to laugh with them or to celebrate with them. With each death, my joy disappeared. I simply had no desire to

breathe one more breath. But I had to get up. I had to fix the cherry pie, which I burned. I had to make the cheesecake, which I burned. I had to try and put on a brave face with my husband’s family, and I failed. I cried on and off throughout the day. I don’t remember much else. Tina had so much joy. Her laugh was contagious. She never failed at anything, from what we could tell. She was wicked smart and believed in living hard, laughing hard, and working hard. She was my inspiration each day. The day after Thanksgiving, I remembered what Tina had asked me to do, just five days before. She asked me to promise her that I would take yoga teacher training. Ugh. Not what I wanted to do. But that promise, her words, my agreement, were overtaking my brain. It was like she was nagging me to fulfill the one thing I didn’t want to do more than anything else in the world. I was 100 pounds overweight, my body was already dying with a disease I still hadn’t found a name for, and I was tired. I had no business being in a yoga teacher training course. But there was Tina’s voice in my head, telling me to enroll. So I did. It wasn’t really on a whim. I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching. I loved yoga. And it was something that Tina and I had talked about at length during her illness. I was just so desperate with grief that I had no desire to function, let alone challenge my sick body and my exhausted mind. On the first night, I had to talk myself into going with abusive words. But when I got there, an old friend whom I hadn’t seen since the passing of her husband was there. It was like Tina had orchestrated this whole thing. She put me with someone who knew deep grief too. I was never more grateful to have her on this journey with me. I wish I could tell you that it was easy and that things were all sunshine and rainbows. But true change is destructive and painful. And this, as it turned out, was true change. Month after month, journal entry after journal entry, yoga pose after yoga pose, I wept. I sobbed. I screamed and continued to pray for relief from this hell. And then I stopped crying as much. I stopped screaming as much. I was diagnosed and was getting treatment for Hashimoto’s disorder and PTSD. My body got stronger. And after 12 months of deep work, of learning and un-learning, of pleasure and pain, I graduated with my


certificate. And so did my friend. We had laughed and cried and screamed our way through this experience, only to come out stronger and happier on the other side. On our last weekend, we were asked to share what yoga had given us. I responded, tears in my eyes and barely breathing, “My life back.” But it was so much more than that. I got my joy back. You see, as I learned to breathe, to relax and to surrender, I discovered that the strength and wisdom of each of those that I love, that have gone on before me, was within me too, pushing me to engage in life again. It wasn’t just Tina anymore. I could feel all of them: my parents, grandparents, sisters and loved ones. I could hear them encouraging me to move forward and to follow my dream. Helping me to find my joy and to follow it. I still wasn’t sure what it was going to be, but I was listening. I changed jobs and am going back to college for interior design. It is so far outside of anything I have ever done, but I am finding that I love colors and textures and beauty. I love helping people create a sacred space in their homes. I love seeing the joy on their faces when they are happy to invite someone into their home. It brings me joy. And I would have never known it if I had not felt like dying some 18 months ago. Tina, and the deaths of my loved ones, taught me something…not to waste my precious life grieving their deaths. Tina had her path. I am grateful it crossed mine for more than 30 years. But her path isn’t my path. Mine is to live out this life with her joy and my joy intertwined. And I plan to express that joy until our paths cross again. Her death gave me that courage. I love her for that.

“Tina, and the deaths of my loved ones, taught me something…not to waste my precious life grieving their deaths.”

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Diane Sodders, also known as Indira Grace, has been in the Conscious Evolution community for more than 15 years. She has worked as a teacher, prison counselor and a prayer minister. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education and her Master’s degree in teaching. She is a Reiki Master, angel communicator, certified massage therapist and yoga instructor and is now pursuing her associate’s in interior design. She now has a strong passion for living.


10 Reasons for Celebrating You


"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." —Oprah Winfrey

don't know about you, but for me I tend to be an ambitious woman that sets goals, then I go through my checklist and start checking them off. There's a sense of pride, a smile, maybe a minor celebration and I move on to the next goal on the list without any real celebration. When did we stop celebrating? Why are we so caught up in the end results and not making time to honor and celebrate ourselves. This is no longer going to be this way; I have vowed to start honoring all my accomplishments, big and small. It is time to celebrate me for who I am and I encourage you to do the same thing if you are not someone that rewards yourself for all of your wins. Here are 10 reason for celebrating you: 1. You get to enjoy the journey besides the destination. If you're always doing, doing, doing and checking goals off your list, it's never going to be enough. Why not instead, enjoy the journey? If you're able to stop, celebrate, savor the


moment, and then move on to the next thing it's going to make the journey so much more enjoyable. 2. Celebrating yourself, raises your confidence. The more you celebrate yourself and who you are being, the easier it becomes, your confidence rises, you'll walk around with a smile, your energy will be better, there will be a certain glow to you. Don't you think people will pick up on this? Go out, boost your confidence with an acknowledgment or celebration of yourself. 3. If you don't celebrate yourself then who will celebrate you? There's only one of YOU, that is as unique and special as YOU are. Everything that you set an intention on doing or being, is worthy of celebration. If you don’t focus on your celebration others won’t either. You need to set the stage for yourself to be celebrated and for others to join in. 4. You deserve to be honored. It's so easy for us to focus on all the things that we're not doing right, what we could've done differently, what we should've done. How about instead of beating ourselves down we can start

building ourselves up? The way to do it is by honoring and celebrating yourself. 5. Celebrate to feel good. The more you celebrate yourself, the better you feel, the better you feel, the more you will attract good things into your life. Then it just becomes a a cycle: the more you attract good things into your life, the better you feel, the better you feel; the more reason to celebrate yourself and on and on the cycle goes. 6. Celebrating yourself will breed joy. If there’s a big dream or goal that you’d like to get accomplished, visualize your intention of what it would look like once you accomplished it and what kind of celebration you would do. If it’s to loose weight, will you treat yourself to a day at the spa? Or a new workout outfit? If your dream is to write a book? Will you travel to an exotic location? How will you celebrate it? Think of the end result first to carry you through the process. Indirectly, you’re setting yourself up for breeding the joy. 7. Celebrating yourself will inspire others. I feel like many women tend to forget about themselves because

they’re always taking care of others. It’s time to turn this around. If you can go out and do something nice for yourself you will be setting an example for others in your life. Go out, celebrate yourself in whatever way makes you feel good and be an inspiration to those around you. 8. When you celebrate yourself you’re fueling your creativity . If you are constantly doing, reaching the next goal and not celebrating, or just having a momentary glimpse of fulfillment, then you are no longer enjoying the process. If you do pay attention to what you just did (big or small) by acknowledging it and celebrating it, you are creating space for more creativity to express itself. 9. Celebrating gives you a reason for being . Think about all the cultures where they’ve celebrated rights of passage, big events like becoming a man or a woman, getting married, a birth of a child, etc. We have let go of a lot of these rituals and when we do that, we are left with a void, we are taking away our meaning. That’s why it’s important to create these moment of celebration for who we are and what we do. 10. Celebrating You, zaps that need for approval . Many times we get so caught up in the end result that we are looking for that pat on the back, that “congratulations,” those 15 seconds of fame, all to be validated by others. If you can celebrate and acknowledge yourself for what you just did and work that muscle it will be much easier to eliminate the need to be approved by others. Stop and think about what you have accomplished this week, or who you are as an individual and go out and celebrate yourself! You deserve it! Tania Vasallo is the founder of The Courage To Be Happy, a supportive community that empowers passionate, heart-centered women entrepreneurs all over the world to create an authentic brand and business that supports their desired lifestyle. If you'd like to be part of her community and receive her weekly tips and articles you can join at www.TheCourageToBeHappy.com or you can get in touch with her you can at Tania@TheCourageToBeHappy.com

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THEME: HEART-2-HEART Leading-edge Presenters—Bridging Science & Spirit Sponsored by ISSSEEM (International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine) & Holos University Graduate Seminary

both rational and intuitive. ISSSEEM’s mission has been to create a bridge between these two approaches. The annual conference provides a stimulating way to come together and study the less obvious aspects of what it is to be human. The conference includes leading edge Keynote speakers and also provides space for participants to share their own work in the afternoon Forums. The most intriguing content of oin us in September in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area for ISSSEEM’s four-day 24th the conference often surfaces in conversations between sessions. The theme this year is annual Subtle Energies, Consciousness, and Healing Conference! The conference begins HEART-2-HEART, Transformation, Illumination, and Radiance. Among our notable Keynote with a one-day Science Symposium and continues with three days of interactive presenters are Paul Mills, C. Norman Shealy, Marilyn Schlitz, Claude Swanson, and Barbara Conference presentations and activities. Held at Unity Village, MO the conference brings Marx Hubbard. Topics include: Living Deeply; Healing the Heart-Healing the Soul; together scientifically inclined mystics and mystically inclined scientists who have a keen Evolutionary Spirituality; Realistic Longevity; The Heart Field; Life Force-The Scientific Basis; interest in bridging the gap between science and spirit. and Music from the Heart. CEU’s are available. Unity Village, with its beautiful grounds, fountains, and well-equipped activities center, We invite you to engage your hearts and put on your creative multi-dimensional thinking provides a quiet place in nature for this conference. Many of us have discovered that to caps to join us for this year’s conference, HEART-2-HEART—Transformation, Illumination, maintain our health and a vibrant sense of wellness we are called to consider ideas and and Radiance. modalities that reach beyond conventional approaches. Our life experiences continuously “The two ISSSEEM Conferences I attended at Unity Village opened up a whole new world prompt us to ask the question, “What is REAL and what REALLY MATTERS?” for me. The variety of information, research and practices related to subtle energies and ISSSEEM has been a pioneer in this exploration and has archived twenty-two years of energy medicine presented at the conference was truly astonishing! Every keynote speaker published refereed research journals about consciousness, healing, and human potential. and every forum I attended offered something that, if widely known and applied, could uplift You can access these journals at: www.issseem.org. “global consciousness” and change the world for the better. The musical programs were not The question continues, “How do subtle energies and informational systems interact with merely entertaining but also “energetically” transforming. I highly recommend this our psychology, physiology, and spirit?” We can answer this question either rationally or conference and the ISSSEEM organization for anyone seriously interested in cutting edge intuitively, or we can combine these two approaches for a more holistic view. Science research, personal transformation, global consciousness, and a healthier world.” – Rev. Dr. attempts to bypass the vagueness of the non-rational, intuitive approach in order to arrive at James Gaither, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Unity Institute Worldwide. definitive and practical answers. And yet, true healing often requires an approach that is Program Brochure and Registration Information are available at www.issseem.org.



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Spiritual Horoscope

July 2016 Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Happy birthday Cancer! Declare to the Universe what you want to manifest — but before you do, examine what blocks you from receiving your wishes. It’s easy to blame someone else, especially your relationship partner, but meditate to see if old beliefs are stopping your bliss. Blast through those limitations, then state your birthright with clarity and watch it flow in! It’s also a great prosperity month! Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Remember your body believes every word you say, so observe your statements and see how they reflect on your health. (Like “I can’t can’t stand this”, and you have knee or lower back problems.) If you have challenges with family members, try doing fun activities together that you both love. Edginess abates and communication flows. If single, you can start a new relationship, or current one feels refreshed and delightful.

Focus on prosperity affirmations and watch them come true in career and finances! Also, don’t speak harsh words about your relationship, or talk negatively about love possibilities if single. Meditate to let go of limiting beliefs and put thought to what you want to believe. Your mind has so much power, so put it to work for you in the right direction! Also, this positivity unleashes healing energy for your body.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Like Scorpio pals who need to speak positive about love, you need to speak and think abundantly about money! If partnered, team up for meditations that visualize what you both want to manifest, and don’t be afraid to be specific about amounts and timing. Forgive money issues such as people who borrowed from you and never paid back, or times you had to borrow from others. Also release past love betrayals since astrologically, trust issues link with finances.

Be aware that fear of intimacy can make you critical of those you love as a protective mechanism. Meditate to see how you can push people away when you actually want them close, leading to lots of confusion. Tell people you love them and that you’re working on yourself. Be extra kind to yourself, since you’re the biggest target of your barbs! Also, you make uplifting new friends who bring out your best as you heal and grow.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Libra craves balance, but can be addicted to non-balance. Awesome things happen in goals, career and relationships, but watch how you find the one unfulfilled area and feel bad in the midst of so much good! Meditate on gratitude and get comfortable with joy. It’s ironic you’re uncomfortable with harmony, but you’ll really grow when you’re aware of and heal the undercurrent of stress you’re accustomed to feeling. Let go of feeling you need to fix life and just enjoy it!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Like your Virgo friends, you’re challenged not not push intimacy away. Meditate on your lovableness. You deserve affection, comfort and commitment — from others and from yourself! Now you can receive what’s being offered. Changing your house around opens up your mind. By shaking up your daily environment, even in small ways, you’ll trigger new “quantum realities”. Also, breakthroughs with money happen late July.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Relationships are healing in major ways! And if single, you can start a wonderful connection. Watch out for being busy with dumb things to fend off intimacy. Meditate on your heart opening. Envision receiving love so you don’t feel awkward in “real life” when it comes at you! You might have a friend who needs a boost believing they’ll find love. You can help by gently pointing out limiting ideas that block love, now that you’ve healed yours.

What beliefs are in the way of truly enjoying life? Journal about these ideas and then meditate on them, asking yourself, “What would it be like if I didn’t believe this was true?” Then create new concepts that would make you feel joyous and fulfilled and meditate on that possible reality. With quantum Uranus turning retrograde you can live from new possibilities and change your world! Tell a trusted friend about the changes you’re making so you can have the support you need to live from your future truth!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Speak kindly to your body if you have physical or emotional issues. Use positive affirmations and also say “No!” to negative ideas or uncomfortable symptoms. Let your body know that your brain is in charge. Your moods will shift and your entire being will feel protected and safe. Now healing is inevitable! Interesting solutions to money problems also arise as your mind relaxes. Don’t make relationship decisions until you feel peaceful and centered.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Uranus turns retrograde in your sign, which can make you edgy and impatient. But if you meditate and reflect, you’ll see glitches in your plans. Going slower at this time helps correct mistakes before they happen. In general, ask the Universe to show you new ways to approach relationships and work. Also be open to different ideas about yourself and your identity. Exciting changes will unfold now through the rest of the year!


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Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Affirmations are awesome, but for them to work, you need to say a strong “No!” to dissolve limiting beliefs that block good stuff. This is especially true with financial ideas and with emotional/ sexual intimacy issues and fear of betrayal. Tearing down the old structure of thought lets you rebuild on solid ground. New relationships come in or current ones greatly improve. Money abundance flows in, too! Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer and soul evolutionist practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727239-7179 or visit www.alunamichaels.com

RESOURCE DIRECTORY ALTERNATIVE HEALING Dr. Marga Birmingham - Human & Animal Energy/Spiritual/Shamanic Healing; SelfEmpowerment; Consciousness; drmarga.org (808) 429-3064; healing@drmarga.org At the Healing Place ~ Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Astrology, Tarot, Shamanic Healing, Intuitive Readings 816-415-2607 ~ www.atthehealingplace.com Centered Spirit ~ The Holistic solution for chronic and acute health conditions ~ Medical Massage, Maya Abdominal Massage, Cupping, Infrared sauna. 816-225-9393 or visit centeredspirit.com Regina Compernolle, Home Herbalist Courses, Apprenticeships, Women’s Sacred Studies, Astrology, Tarot, Consults, Women Drumming 816-547-0266; SacredEarthArts.com Integrative Therapies by Sarah P. Chapman Aromatherapy Massage, Raindrop Treatment, Vitaflex, Pressure Point Therapy 913-549-0280 www.sarahpchapman.com

COUNSELING Martha Childers, LPC EdS; 816.892.0803 Women, Couples, 50+, LGBT, Aging in Place End of Life Preparations, Financial, Career www.ChildersCounselingService.com Barb Hoffman, MA, LPC, LCSW, in KCMO; 816.561.1116 Indiv./Couples/Family Therapy, Depression & anxiety, abuse & trauma, grief & loss, addictions, relationships. Most insurance.

ENTERTAINMENT Karen Elise - Psychic Entertainer & Coach Tarot / astrology - corporate / private events Fun for weddings, birthdays & graduations 913-636-9502 - www.KarenElise.com

FITNESS AKKA Karate Westport, Midtown/Downtown Teaching Martial Arts for almost 50 years: Kenpo Karate, Tai Chi, and Self-Defense. Free intro class 816-756-1340; www.akkawestport.com

SHAMANISM Daniel Baxley Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Sweat Lodges, Workshops. 816-769-7343, www.shamanicpathways.net

PETS N2paws Offering Doga (doggie yoga) An integrated approach to balance & relaxation for you and your canine companion! www.n2paws.com 816-522-7005

EDUCATION Core Star Energy Healing School Classes and individual sessions in energy healing and meditation. NCBTMB approved courses. www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com Maya's Oasis Energy Healing Institute Classes & sessions in Reiki, energy healing, intuitive development, and more. NCBTMB approved courses. www.MayaZahira.com Holos University Graduate Seminary Studies in Spirituality & Health. Graduate degrees grounded in scholarship, self-development & Research: www.holosuniversity.org

GOURMET FOODS Over 65 oils & vinegars to sample and buy! Organically grown spices & teas, as well as sea salts at sale prices. 7945 Santa Fe Dr., OP, KS www.thetastefulolive.com “Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs” offer weekly meal prep for families with busy schedules, food allergies or special diets. 913-660-0790; www.kcmealprep.com


LIFE COACH Healing Thru Music and Life Coaching For more info. Contact Kathleen (913)206-2151 or Klmamuric@yahoo.com $25.00 per session.

MEDITATION Kansas City Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday Service 10AM 10819 Wornall Rd, KCMO http://kcmeditation.com/ 816-799-5544

NUTRITION & WELLNESS Ayurveda Practitioner Stephanie Kieltyka Mohr works to find health & relieve disease with recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle. www.GoWithSteph.com Kimberlin Hypnosis, LLC Kathleen Kimberlin, CHt Smoking/weight loss/childbirth/past life/behavior www.HYPNOSISEMPOWERS.com Call for free consultation (816) 305-8418 Nutrition Consultant- Jackie Caldwell HHC, BS Jackie works with you to restore digestive health eating a grain free diet. Contact Jackie at 913-980-5605 www.grainfreewellness.com

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Chartwell Realty, Soraya Jennings Office: 816-877-8200 Cell: 816-213-7089 www.cashflowrealestateinvestments.com 4141 Pennsylvania Suite 105 Kansas City, MO

RETAIL Spectrum-a new age shop 7827 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City Missouri 64118; 816-321-2658’ www.spectrumreiki.com Spectrum.newageshop@gmail.com

RETREATS The Lavender House Retreat Center, Lawrence KS. Private therapy rooms, individual and small group retreat & seminar space. 785-550-0473 Lavenderhouse.org

SPIRITUAL GROWTH Stephanie Forcier, CT/CAP, Workshops, Events, Personalized Infinity & Akashic Record Sessions: connect with your infinite nature, 816-260-2438, www.infiniteforcier.com.

New Day Hypnotherapy, LLC Carol Henderson, CH. Stress, Fears, Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Grief & more. www.newdayhypno.com 913-908-6907



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Re-Imagine Your Life with Lania Desmond Life Purpose • Relationships • Divine Guidance Private Sessions & Group Events. SoulPoint.com 828-236-1230 ~ info@SoulPoint.com Stephanie Red Feather, the Healer's Healer Transformational life/business/$ coaching, shamanic healing, energy therapies, Reiki classes, women's circles. 913-515-3271, redfeatherconnections.com

YOGA The Yoga School of Therapeutics Kansas State Education Board Approved School 10400 W. 103rd Street, #14 Overland Park, KS (913) 492-9594; www.theyogastudio.com Leavenworth Yoga Co-op Join us at Leavenworth's only yoga studio. Daily yoga classes, massage therapy, and Tai Chi. 913-933-9595 ~ www.LvnYogaCoop.com Yoga Patch; 19 instructors, 60 wkly classes, all levels. Pay What You Can + $5 classes available. Event Space Rentals + Classes/Workshops Galore. YogaPatch.com; 816-268-4660

WEDDINGS Unity Temple Offering Free Simple Wedding Ceremonies Register at www.simpleceremonieskc.com 707 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO


9140 ext 111. http://wellspring.edu/continuingeducation/

JULY PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAM For everyone! New classes in our Personal Training program starting in July. Register 816-523-9140 ext 111. http:// wellspring.edu/continuing-education/

JULY 17 EMPOWERED REIKI CERTIFICATION COURSE Sunday, 10-6 p.m. at Maya's Oasis Leadership and ethics in your healing practice. Pre-requisite: Reiki III or higher. www.MayaZahira.com.

JULY 5 GUIDED MEDITATION Join us for an evening of spirit guided meditation. New or experienced meditators welcome! 7:00 p.m. Cost: love offering John Hoefer (913) 831-4422 Core Star Energy Healing, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS

JULY 14 HOW TO CLEAR YOURSELF & YOUR HOME SPACE Learn to use sage, fire, water, sound, crystals, and much more to clear and maintain your energetic environment and possessions. $49. Stephanie Red Feather 913-515-3271 www.redfeatherconnections.com

JULY 5 ASTROLOGY LESSONS: THE SIGNS & HOUSES Interested in learning more about astrology? This class is for you! $5. 6-8 PM. JoCo Central Resource Library. Contact Cindy Mckean. info@KansasCityAstrology.com

JULY 19 ASTROLOGY LESSONS: BASIC CHART INTERPRETATION Interested in learning more about astrology? This class is for you! $5. 6-8 PM. JoCo Central Resource Library. Contact Cindy Mckean. info@KansasCityAstrology.com

JULY 24 COMMUNITY EXCHANGE TALENT MARKET 12-4pm. Bring your products/offerings and shop the community- money free! At Lavender House,1600 New Hampshire, Lawrence. AUGUST 19-21 RENEW WOMEN'S WELLNESS & YOGA RETREAT Pleasanton, KS. Includes lodging, all meals, daily yoga. Transformative workshops included: exploratory writing, feng shui, hypnotherapy and more! www.lifestylebenefitsllc.com/renew-retreat

AUGUST 27 & 28 HEALING TOUCH LEVEL ONE Open to anyone interested in learning hands-on energy healing. 9 AM to 7 PM both days. The Light Center 785 255 4583 robingoff714@gmail.com

REIKI CIRCLE Unity Temple on the Plaza; 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO. 2nd Saturday every month 1-4p to receive Reiki session. Love Offering. For information, email kaubry@rocketmail.com or call 913-215-8863. U-NITE Experience Unity Temple on the Plaza's new Interspiritual Service Sundays 4:30-5:30PM in Meyer Hall (aka Eden Alley). Childcare & youth program offered. www.unitytemple.com INDIGO SUPPORT GROUP FREE EVENT Every Wednesday 7-8pm Connect with other Indigo's who are struggling with life, & or addictions who want to learn more about themselves or about Indigos! Love donation. Transcendence ww.transcendencekc.com or (913) 387-4631. THE TASTEFUL OLIVE: 3RD FRIDAY NITE IN DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK! Open until 9 pm... Live music, wine tastings, gourmet appetizers start at 6:30! 7945 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS www.thetastefulolive.com.

SEPTEMBER 21-24 SUBTLE ENERGIES, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND JULY 6 & 19 HEALING CONFERENCE SHAMANIC JOURNEY Attend the 24th annual Subtle Energies, 6pm Love donation. Come and join the group on JULY 20 Consciousness, and Healing Conference At Unity a Shamanic Journey. Take a guided dive into FREE REIKI DRUMMING CIRCLE! Village, MO. Theme: HEART-2-HEART. REIKI CIRCLE shamanic meditation and meet power animals Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 at Maya's Oasis Information at issseem.org Unity Church of Overland Park –10300 Antioch, and guides. Get healing and help from the No experience necessary. Bring a drum or OPKS. 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9pm. Love spirits to the beat of the drum. borrow one of ours. More info OCTOBER 29 offering. All welcome. Receive a Reiki treatment. www.transcendencekc.com 913-387-4631 at www.MayaZahira.com. WOMEN'S WISDOM RETREAT For flier email karen@karenharrison.net. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Light Center 816-523-4440 JULY 8-9 JULY 22-23 Gather with women just like you to experience HEALING TOUCH SHAMANIC DANCE OF TRANSFORMATION support and breakthroughs. Just $55. The last ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER Healing Touch, relaxing, nurturing energy Celebrate Magdalene Feast Day and the divine retreat filled so register PATIENTS AND VETERANS therapy that uses gentle touch to assist in feminine through dance, ceremony, now! www.MayaZahira.com By Appointment. The Kansas City Healing balancing physical, mental, emotional, & introspection and journaling. Overnight event. Project provides energy healing sessions for spiritual well-being. Healing Touch works with $97. Facilitated by Stephanie Red ONGOING cancer patients and veterans. Our clients have your energy field to support your natural ability Feather www.redfeatherconnections.com. been experiencing a reduction of their stress, to heal, is safe for all ages and works in harmony 913-515-3271 INDIGO/MILLENNIALS SUPPORT GROUP anxiety and pain levels. These sessions are with standard or allopathic medical care. This A place to come and express yourself freely. provided at NO COST to the client. Contact John Healing Touch Level 1 class is open to everyone JULY 22 Every Wednesday 7-9p.m. (love Hoefer at 816-718-6358 for details. who is desiring to learn energy work. There is LOVE NEVER DIES WORKSHOP donation) Transcendence Wellness Center 8702 KansasCityHealingProject.org lots of hands on practice in the two days and www.transcendencekc.com 913-387-4631 W 49th Terrace Merriam Ks 66203 new techniques are taught each day. 18 hours Learn about after-death communication and tips www.transcendencekc.com of CE for nurses and massage therapists. Taught for opening hearts to the language of Spirit, by Mary Oberg MN, RN, ARNP, CHTP/I from local author Lisa K. Cooper, (interactive Sponsored by Healing Beyond Borders. For more workshop). 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fee $25. information go to: http:// Register 816-612-8740. www.healingbeyondborders.org/ JULY 22 JULY 10 MONEY COACHING FOR COUPLES SHAMANIC JOURNEY THRU BREATHWORK Money as a conduit for understanding and Join a Unique Team Journey with loud chakra activating music. 10 compassion. How to work with different beliefs Great Opportunity a.m.-1 p.m. Bring - mat, blanket, pillow for about money. Improve financial well-being. 7-9 The Kansas City Holistic Centre (O’Brien There are individual offices and a spacious comfort $50 p.m. $25/ person includes materials. Vivian Pharmacy) in Mission, KS, is expanding their conference area. Our common mission is “to www.transcendencekc.com 913-387-4631 Kallmann 913-735-3183 Core Star Energy unique service. We want to strengthen our provide a safe environment where patients can Healing, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS team by adding licensed mental health partner with skilled practitioners to weave the JULY 12 professional(s) and a licensed body-work tapestry of optimized health.” ASTROLOGY LESSONS: THE ASPECTS JULY 23 professional interested in partnering with a If you are interested, please contact Jude Interested in learning more about astrology? KINESO TAPING CERTIFICATION multi-disciplinary team offering integrative LaClaire: jude@kcholistic.com; 816-509-9277 This class is for you! $5. 6-8 PM. JoCo Central For everyone! Become certified in Kinesio holistic health services to the community. Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC. Resource Library. Contact Cindy Mckean. Taping. $170; 6 CEU hours; 9 AM - 4 PM. Cost info@KansasCityAstrology.com includes supplies and testing. Register 816-523-



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